OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES

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Course OT101 The Pentateuch
Revised Edition
Required Subject ‑ 4 Units

Lectures 1, 2 ‑“Genesis”
Michael S. Letinsky, Ph.D., Earle E. Williams, Ph.D.

Lectures 3, 4 ‑“Exodus”
T. Leonard Lewis, Th.D.

Lectures 5, 6 ‑“Leviticus”
Arnold C. Schultz, Th.D.

Lectures 7, 8 ‑“Numbers and Deuteronomy”
L.E. Maxwell

All of God’s truth that is later revealed exists in germ form in the Book of Genesis. Exodus demonstrates that Jehovah God is a God who knows the condition of His people, who comes down to deliver, who redeems by blood and power, who supplies every need, who gives victory, who reveals His holy character, and who dwells among His people. In Leviticus, God revealed laws to prepare and secure the physical, moral, and spiritual well being of the people. Numbers can be summed up in three words: wilderness, warfare, and wandering. The course concludes with Deuteronomy and Moses reminding the people of the law and their call to holiness before God.

 

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Course OT102 The Early Israelite History Revised Edition
Required Subject ‑ 4 Units

Lectures 1, 2 ‑“Joshua and Judges”
Michael S. Letinsky, Ph.D., Carl Armerding, D.D.

Lecture 3 ‑“Ruth”
J. Vernon McGee, Th.D
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Carl Armerding states that the Lord promised Joshua: Just as He had been with Moses, so He would be with him. There was only one condition, which Joshua had to meet - obey the Word of God without deviation. Judges covers 300 years of history from Joshua's death to the death of Samson, the last of 13 ''Judges'' sent by God to deliver His people. As quoted by J. Vernon McGee, “The book of Ruth is a love story.” This little book gives to us a picture of the wonderful relationship that exists between Christ and His church.

 

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Course OT103 The Kingdom Period
Required Subject ‑ 4 Units

Lectures 1 to 4 ‑“I & II Samuel and I & II Kings”
Harold B. Kuhn, Ph.D.

Lecture 5 ‑“I & II Chronicles”
Gleason L. Archer Jr., Ph.D.

I and II Samuel comes out of the golden age of Hebrew literature. There are four key players in this great drama ‑ Eli, Samuel, Saul, and David. You will see how the Lord is constant and faithful in this period of transition as Israel becomes a monarchy. I and II Kings is the continuing account of the origin, the rise, and development of Israel’s monarchy. Gleason Archer Jr. says, “Whereas Kings is dominated by a prophetic interest, I and II Chronicles is characterized by a more definitive priestly point of view.” The purpose was that the true greatness of Israel consists in her relationship to Jehovah as a worshipping faithful and obedient congregation.

 

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Course OT104 The Post Exilic Period
Required Subject ‑ 4 Units

Lectures 1, 2 ‑“Ezra and Nehemiah”
John F. Walvoord, Th.D.

Lecture 3 ‑“Esther”
Carl Armerding, D.D.

Ezra is the historical record of the first return of captives to the land of Palestine. There, under the prophetic leadership of Haggai and Zechariah, they would rebuild the temple. Nehemiah is a stirring record of how one man impelled by God accomplished what everyone had said was impossible ‑ he rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. God placed Esther, an Israelite, as the new queen to accomplish His gracious purposes. She would be used by God to thwart the plan of the evil Haman, who had tricked the king into passing a law that would kill Esther's people.”

 

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Course OT105 Old Testament Literature
Required Subject ‑ 4 Units

Lectures 1, 2 ‑“Job”
Daniel P. Fuller, Th.D.

Lectures 3, 4 ‑“Psalms and Proverbs”
V. Raymond Edman, Ph.D.

Lectures 5, 6 ‑“Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon”
Gleason L. Archer Jr., Ph.D.

Lecture 7 ‑“Lamentations”
William S. LaSor, Ph.D.


The book of Job is God's answer to “Why should the righteous suffer?” The Psalms are the finest expression of human devotion and delight in the Almighty God. To read the Proverbs is to be ready for life. To believe them is to be safe from the snares in life's pathway. Ecclesiastes recognizes God Himself as the highest value in His creation, and that the truly meaningful life is the life lived in His service. Song of Solomon represents an actual occurrence in Solomon's life in which he experienced a pure and holy love. Lamentations is a sequel to the prophecy of Jeremiah. This hymn of intense sorrow shows men inspired by God's spirit as they seek to reach up to Him.

 

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Course OT106 The Major Prophets
Required Subject ‑ 4 Units

Lectures 1, 2 ‑
“Isaiah” Arnold C. Schultz, Th.D.

Lectures 3, 4 ‑“Jeremiah”
William S. LaSor, Ph.D.

Lectures 5, 6 ‑“Ezekiel”
Arthur B. Whiting, Th.D.

Lectures 7, 8 ‑“Daniel”
Carl Armerding, D.D.

Isaiah prophesied in Judah during the reigns of four kings and during great crises. Here you will find the practical aspects of biblical truth. Jeremiah's duty was to proclaim the judgment of the Lord and to advise the king and the people to submit to the enemy. Ezekiel was one of the three prophets during this period of captivity. Here is a book that combines sobering history and stirring prophecy. Daniel deals with three significant interpretations of dreams and visions about the future. This book shows a God of precision and power, a God active and involved in history.


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Course OT107 The Minor Prophets
Required Subject ‑ 4 Units

Lectures 1 to 4 ‑“Hosea, Joel, Amos, and Obadiah”
Frank E. Gaebelein, Litt.D.

Lectures 5, 6 ‑“Jonah and Micah”
V. Raymond Edman, Ph.D.

Lectures 7, 8 ‑“Nahum and Habakkuk”
Frank E. Gaebelein, Litt.D.

Lectures 9, 10 ‑“Zephaniah and Haggai”
Frank E. Gaebelein, Litt.D.

Lectures 11, 12 ‑“Zechariah and Malachi”
Gleason L. Archer Jr., Ph.D.

Hosea means “salvation.” He married an unfaithful wife whom he forgave and redeemed. Joel introduces the great prophetic concept of “The Day of the Lord” and prophecies about the Holy Spirit. Amos means “bearer of a burden.” He proclaimed the coming destruction of neighboring nations, Israel, and Judah. In Obadiah, prideful Edom hated Israel and their doom was predicted. God calls Jonah to preach repentance to the people of Ninevah, the hated and evil Assyrians. Micah preached God's judgment on Samaria and Jerusalem due to their idolatry. Nahum predicts the doom of Ninevah, 150 years after Jonah. Habakkuk dialogues with God and receives a vision of the pending woes to come from the Babylonians. Zephaniah spoke of the great day of the Lord that was to come to all nations and calls Jerusalem to repent. Haggai returned after the captivity, and laid the foundation of the temple in Jerusalem. Zechariah also returned to encourage the rebuilding of the temple. He prophesied how Jesus would deliver Israel, be rejected, and return again. Malachi brought God's people a message of rebuke and promise.